It’s just 3 months short before the end of the year. Do you remember the goals/resolutions you may or may have not listed to fulfill by December? If yes, how much have you accomplished? Not much? Satisfied? Or just a little more push? Maybe it’s time to revisit your 2015 resolutions and see how far you’ve come. It’s not too late to do a little recap, is it?

A lot has changed for me this year.

But, you know what? I had been better. I was made stronger. I was able to encounter paths which I thought were unthinkable. I became independent. I cried and went miserable, but those things built me up. I have discovered the foundation of my being after all these hard, lonely, and devastating times.

My 2015 resolutions were all that. I wanted to become a better person, a stronger woman, and a more independent individual. I prayed to God to achieve these traits, and now that I did this revisiting goals post, it made me think this way:

God gave me all those struggles, misfortunes, accidents, failures, rejections to make me a stronger woman, to truly learn what life is about.

I’ve still got a lot more to go through within the remaining months, I’m sure. But let’s all move along with it somehow.

Now I have this list as well of things I needed to accomplish, so by revisiting these goals I get to know my progress and what I need to do if I needed to change course.

Sadly, the pondering in this post made me realize how I wasn’t close to accomplishing anything in my life right now. I mean, you’ll see below why:

01 | Lose weight + improve fitness

losing weightWell, it’s sad to say but I went into a deep hole months after I thought I could almost accomplish this goal. I’d always loved fitness but with the current stress taking over my life, I think it made me turn to food for comfort. Wrong, I know.

Maybe it’s because of the ultimatum I gave myself, but the whole journey has been pretty hard for me this time.

I’m looking forward to playing badminton tournaments and weekly dance practices this semestral break to keep me active again. Maybe this time I should really make the most out of the three short months left for this year and get back on track! PS: I’ll update you guys on another post. 😉

02 | Read more books

I did well on this until I needed to get a job to pay up some bills, so my time these days are significantly reduced to going to school and doing some work. I’m planning a Sembreak TBR (To Be Read) List though, so I should be able to catch up on this!

My initial goal was to reach 100 books, but I think I need to lower it down to 50 for now. I’m still up for it, though!

03 | Experience life more

Failing at this so bad right now. Again, the culprit to my sedentary lifestyle since summertime was the endless freelance jobs that I struggled to keep up just to pay some bills and tuition.

Now that I do realize this, I need to step up my gameplan for a bit so my lazy carcass can literally get “the most out of life”. I’ve been sitting my ass off every day and I need to break that habit.

04 | Improve in blogging

cebu bloggerThis one, I know I did quite well because I spent a lot to take my blog up a notch. Not just the hosting and domain fees, themes, and other blog essentials (camera, film sets, etc.), but as well as the amount of time I dedicated to share my thoughts and create informative resources for others.

I’d also been active into my respective blogging groups and I’d attended some events which I really support.

Even better, I have extended myself into the community and made some real and supportive blogging friends whom I could share all my frustrations and joy about blogging.

So far, this goal has been the most fulfilling one, and now that I’d realized it, here’s what:

No goal is ever impossible if you have the passion and dedication to pursue it.

That’s how blogging was to me. Maybe I should keep that mindset with the rest of my unfulfilled goals, then?

05 | Create more art

The only form of art I pursued so passionately this year was photography. I even bought a Fujifilm X-A2 camera out of my hard-earned money from all the freelancing I did to improve my newly-found hobby.

06 | Save up more

Ugh, I’ve got another terrible confession to make. Ever since I started to do freelance jobs, my excessive compulsive attitude keeps on surfacing.

I tend to buy things I fancy at that moment, eat out with my boyfriend most of the time (thus the weight gain), or just spend without thinking about the return of investments.

It’s hard to deal with this kind of attitude. In just three months that I’ve spent freelancing, I’d earned over $3,000, and guess what?

Now that I’d realized it, almost half of that went to non-sensible and highly unneeded things!

I am in terrible financial situation because of this. I need to deal better with my financial woes (I sound so independent now for an 18 –year old, eh? But I like that.), and thank God I found Richel’s article round-up about money matters. Go ahead, it really helped me. 🙂

So, what are your 2015 resolutions?

List some of your 2015 resolutions here or create another blog post with every bullet tackling what you need to improve or if you have accomplished it right even before the year ended. Don’t forget to place your link in the comment section so I could visit them! 🙂

September 2015 Monthly Round-up:

Pop District Bazaar Cebu: Fashion, Food, Lifestyle Altogether
What I Learn on My Blog Design & Re-Branding Process
Da Vinci’s Pizza is Better Than Ever

All posts were published since the launch of this blog on September 19, 2015.




  1. I’d really love to do number 1 in 2017. I don’t really have resolutions but my life has experienced a drastic change and I’d like to explore more of what I want to do. Will create a list as well! I’ve got a few I’d like to get accomplished myself.

  2. Oh my geezs, so hard to believe 3 more months and we are going to 2016!
    It’s just the right time to look back our goal at this time of the year 😛
    I did keep a note of New Year Resolution from the beginning of the year, haven’t look back in a while- but something like this: having a much healthier lifestyle as in workout, build up a blog, and some others i can’t remember, and i think they are slowly revolving into the place that I imagined them to be 😉

  3. I have to be more creative this year. That mans I have to create more art.

    Great post Mimi. I can resonate well with most here especially on the arts and fitness aspect. I am not anymore not that overweight because of a certain exercise that I have been constantly practicing that it has becomea routine.

  4. Wait, did you just say 3 months before the new year? WHAAAT?? OMG napanic ko gamay honestly. This makes me eager to check my goals from last year, but I’m pretty sure I’m not close to any of those coz this year has been kind of crazy. Ugh. Anyway, I love this post, Mimi! At least you’ve become a whole lot better as an individual, regardless if you gain or lose weight. 🙂

    Thinking of writing a similar “goal revisit post” on my blog soon. ^_^

    Cheers to a better 2016!

    Geeeez 2016 na? Huhuhu

    1. Yeeeess, I know right? Time flies so fast indeed! In a couple of weeks anew year is starting over again, and it seems like yesterday when I vowed to make the most out of this year. I’m looking forward to your post, ate Rose! 🙂

  5. Health and fitness was my first goal for the year. But recently due to stress, I’ve been gaining a lot of weight. HUHUHU Thanks for the reminder! Not eating this donut anymore, lol.

  6. Personally, I’ve adapted to the thinking that instead of having to wait for New Year’s to set life-changing goals, why not just do them right now? For one, I’ve started going semi-regularly to the gym a couple of months ago. No particular reason, I just wanted to do it and start being more pro-active with my health, didn’t have that late-night thought of “TOMORROW, I WILL CHANGE MY LIFE FOR THE BETTER!”. Nah, just randomly decided to start going and push myself until I get used to it.
    And even with a very stressful and draining job, I still motivated myself to go as much as I can. After a couple of weeks of doing it, I actually started to enjoy it and found that it actually helps me relieve some stress that I get from work as weird as that may sound! I’ve also learned that we should not drown ourselves in whatever idealistic notion we may have of what we absolutely NEED to be doing and instead, be contented with what we have while still working to better our lives each day.

    Anyway, this was a great read, thanks for sharing your thoughts! 🙂

    1. Going to the gym is my stress reliever as well, but I just couldn’t make any time for it. I’m planning to do so this sembreak so I could perhaps detoxify myself. Also, this is why exactly I am revisiting these goals: it’s not just for the New Year! i may be continuing the stuff listed here even after the New Year has passed, and that’s fine with me. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts, kuya Ramzy!

  7. Diet has been my goal since 2011 and it’s been 4 years too that I fail keeping up with it which means wala jud ko nakadiet since that year. Hahaha. Pirmi lang mahay pero pirmi pud kaon. I should go back to working out when my son is no longer in breastfeed. I miss slimmer body. And I think I need to restart and update my goals for next year.

  8. It’s such a good idea to re-visit your goals that you have set out for the year and see where you stand with them. I think it is not at all a bad thing if you were not able to complete some because you can then roll them over to the next year and work hard at completing them.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    1. Don’t be embarrassed! Take it as a stepping stone to restart your resolutions and stick with them for the rest of the year. 🙂 I’m doing the same thing right now – I wish you the best!

  9. the first step to solving a problem is knowing you have one! cutting unnecessary spending can trigger withdrawal symptoms, I know coz I had it. but once you get past the most difficult stage of detoxification youll have started a sound saving scheme! goodluck!

  10. I tried upwork mi. It never worked for me T_T Huhu. How do you even find a job there. Hahaha. </3 Anyway, I'm so happy for you jud mi! 🙂 You deserve all the blessings you have right now! Truly an inspiration . PS. I love love love the way you write :")

    1. Awwwe! Getting hired in Upwork can take a while especially if you’re new, ate. Just keep applying jobs that really suit you and you’ll get there somehow! It took me a couple of months to get huge rates from clients man sad. 🙂 Also, thank youuu!!! Hahaha ma’flatter man sad ta ana oy. :’>

  11. Hi Mimi! Its really great that you have accomplished most of your goals, and so happy with how you’ve improved on blogging. Just like you I learned so many things in blogging as well and meet an awesome community that I never imagined before. Your post just inspires me more on my goal in losing more weight 🙂 he he les do this!

    Rica |

    1. Haha let’s do this, ate Rica! Thank you! I hope by the end of the year, we are finally the person we wanted to be (or at least half of it.. hehe). It’s nice to look back on some goals sometimes. 🙂

  12. Because He is pure, I don’t think it’s right to see God as the source of our troubles but what He does give is the strength to pull through them. 🙂

    And wow, $3000 in three months! Haha it will take me an entire year to earn that beside my full-time work. Ugh, saving up is such a struggle. I’m 24 and even I find it hard to save sometimes. You’ll be fine, kid. I mean, you’re already learning the value of hard work at such a young age. 😀

    1. Oh, sorry! I don’t mean it that way with God. I think it’s just that God doesn’t necessarily stop them from happening into our lives even if He totally could (didn’t say He’s the source), but like you said, He pulls us through.:) I’m just so glad of that.

      Haha but really, though? It’s kind of hard to balance it with school sometimes. I must resist the urge to splurge at about anything!!!

  13. I only have one word to fulfill this year which is ENJOY. That’s pretty much what I did. Hehe. Sounds easy but truth is, it’s not. I told myself not to create resolutions anymore. I just wanted to take step goals. Good luck on your goals Mimi, just focus. It’s okay if di nimo mahuman tanan. At least you tried doing some. 😉

    1. Awww thank you, ate Rea! I know, I shouldn’t impose a deadline to myself on when I could finish it. I believe I could still live the rest of the year knowing that I’d gotten better! 🙂

  14. My main goal right now is to lose weight. Why is it so damn hard? I have to cut out chips, sweet and sodas. I think that one is hard enough lol. You can do it Mimi!

  15. Hahaha the reason I didn’t set resolutions kay sure gyud ko nga d nako matuman! Huhu. I suck at it BIG TIME gyud Mi! Haha ako ra gihapon ma frustrate kong self. LOL! Haha, anyway, go na anang imong goals! You have a few months left! 🙂

  16. Thanks so much for this reality check, Mimi! I don’t think I’ve kept most of mine, with losing weight and getting fit in my top spot too. 😐 And I agree with what you said, “no goal is impossible if you have the passion and dedication to pursue it”. Puuuush! 🙂


  17. As for me, most of my resolutions seem to have improvements and I’ve pretty much achieved them by now all except two things: tea and sleep. I told myself I’d drink tea everyday for health reasons but I just gravitate to coffee every time! LOL. As for sleep, I’ve been getting at least 7 hours but my body clock has just gone amiss. I sleep in the morning and work at night. Eeep!

    As with resolutions, one of the things I’ve learned is to both challenge yourself but don’t make them too impossible because you’d end up frustrated. Good luck to us Mimi! 😉

    1. I always forget to drink my tea every day because creamy coffee is just too tempting! Haha. Wow, that’s a crazy schedule, ate Anne. Just don’t stress it out, okay? 🙂

      And thanks! I will keep that in mind. Now that you said, I think maybe that’s the reason why I get so unfulfilled with my goals. :/

  18. This exactly is what I needed today..
    ‘God gave me all those struggles, misfortunes, accidents, failures, rejections to make me a stronger woman, to truly learn what life is about.’

    This post somewhat reflects what I wanted to do with my life right now and for the years to come. Honestly, I didn’t make any resolution/plans when 2015 started. My PAST self (emphasis on PAST, haha) don’t know how to keep up with my own goals. Keeps on breaking them – again and again. Mao wala nlng jud ko naghimo saona, kay kahibaw naku unsa ang ending. 🙁
    Pero karun, I think I’m on with this one! ^_^

    Awweeee.. Congrats Mi. You may not be that close to fulfilling all your goals, but at least naa na kay na achieve. AND nice kaayu imung camera.. 🙂

    1. Yey! I feel so the same. I needed a fresh start with my goals which is why I wrote them here. I’m trying to become a better person now. 🙂 Glad that it’s on for you now, Almera! I wish you all the best and I’ll be here to cheer you up! 🙂

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